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“Three great days with Ali”

Ali's Protravel & Tours
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Istanbul Customized tour w private guide
Ranked #7 of 78 Food & Drink in Istanbul
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Compared to your typical guide who simply 'transport' you to the hot tourist spots, our tour service is unique in the sense that we will enthrall you with historical snippets at every major point of interest. As I have studied Christianity, Archaeology, history, mythology (as well as other related subjects) I can help you understand our diverse history and culture. My individual approach comes from a keen sense of reality (and humour) and aims to be friendly, informative, and entertaining, with stories and conversation to illustrate the many facets of this richly varied and fascinating country..in addition to that you will also be eating at typical Turkish restaurants serving authentic food for lunch and we will show you all the reliable places for shopping hand-made rugs,Turkish Jewellery, leather bags, jackets, ceramics, Quartz tiles, Turkish Delight, Saffron, Baklava etc. As soon as we receive a request you will be contacted within 24 hours.
Reviewed October 28, 2012

We were a group of 12 with varying interests and Ali handled it all with ease. It is the absolutely only way to go in beautiful Istanbul. He has so much knowledge about so many things, it was a pleasure. He knows how to negotiate getting around Istanbul without effort and had the resources to get the twelve of us to wherever we needed to go on time. Another great thing about Ali is that he is very flexible--last minute changes didn't bother him a bit. Loved Ali and loved Istanbul! It was definately a good decision on our part.

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Reviewed October 23, 2012

It was my wife and I's first visit to Istanbul and our Travel Agent booked Ali for our tour. He picked us up at our Hotel right on schedule and had his driver take us to our first stop. The entire tour was great. We learned so much from him we would never have known from simply visiting the historic sites of the city on our own. Ali takes pride in his city and his culture and made the tour a real education and a fun experience. He made us feel comfortable from the start and we really felt he gave value for money. I would strongly recommend him as a tour guide to anyone.

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Reviewed October 23, 2012

We spent 2 days in Istanbul touring with Ali. We found him to be extremely well informed about everything from history to Turkish culture... It was almost impossible to find a question he couldn't answer! He tailored our 2 days of touring to our own interests, helped us negotiate our shopping purchases and introduced us to a variety of local foods. He was also instrumental in organizing the rest of our 2 week Turkish vacation: car rental and regional flights, hotels and guides in Cappadocia and the area around Amtalya. Our time in Turkey was everything we hoped for and more. And we have Ali to thank for making it the trip of a lifetime!

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Reviewed October 22, 2012

The best advice we received for our first trip to Turkey was to use Ali Yalniz as our guide. We have now recommended him to about a million people all over the world, many of whom have responded with glowing reports of their own experiences. Ali is smart, attractive, friendly, professional, and easy with last minute requests. He is quite remarkable and I cannot recommend him more highly to you. We travelled with Ali most recently in April, 2011.

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